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Upcoming changes to secondary learning model

Upcoming changes to secondary learning model ​To accommodate for enrolment shifts, all secondary schools will move to a new hybrid learning model in grades 9 to 12, effective Nov. 18 (Quadmester 2). Students will continue to attend classes through their chosen learning model (online or adaptive), but they will all be taught simultaneously by the same teacher from their home school.

Dear Peel District School Board families,

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, so have the needs of families and our schools. As we navigate this new education landscape, our skilled and caring staff continue to do an incredible job each day for students under what we know are difficult circumstances. 

Now more than ever, our plans need to be adaptive and incorporate families' lived experiences, to create the best learning opportunities for students amidst these uncertain times. As you know, families recently had the opportunity to switch learning models from in-person/adaptive learning to online, and vice-versa, by contacting their school before Oct. 14 at noon. Now that this deadline has passed, we have a better understanding of the new enrolments and current needs of our school system. 

To accommodate for enrolment shifts, there will be some upcoming changes required as we prepare for students to move into their new learning models on Nov. 18, 2020.


Secondary Schools (9-12)

For secondary students, there is a significant enrolment shift to online—from 26.4% to 44.6% of secondary students opting for online learning. Based on current data, approximately 1% of students chose to return to the adapted model from online. Our current PDSB Online School structure cannot support this increase in enrolment. With a decrease of in-person learning, our physical secondary schools also won't have enough students to offer a full breadth of courses for Quadmester 2

That's why, to better serve all students, we will move to a new hybrid learning model in grades 9 to 12, effective Nov. 18 (Quadmester 2). Students will continue to attend classes through their chosen learning model (online or adaptive), but they will all be taught simultaneously by the same teacher from their home school.

This hybrid model will bring more flexibility and stability to our system as the pandemic evolves and as families adjust their learning model choice. It will reduce the need for further reorganizations this school year, and will also allow us to offer a wider range of courses and programs to secondary students, including Regional Learning Choice Programs, Enhanced Learning and International Baccalaureate—whether students are learning from home or at school. Over time this model will also re-establish relationships among those in the local school community and help build a sense of community, which is integral to students, staff and families, especially during the pandemic.

Here is an overview of what secondary students can expect, starting Nov. 18:

  • Combined online and in-person school community:
    Students who have chosen online learning will now become part of their home school community, taking classes with educators and students from their physical home school, for a more fulsome school experience. 

  • New school timetables:
    Over the next few weeks, secondary schools will rebuild their course timetables to incorporate online learners. This will allow for a wider range in course offerings, but will also mean that most student timetables will change for the remaining quadmesters. New timetables will be built using student course requests on file and will be sent to students on Nov. 13. If students have any questions about their timetable, they should reach out to their guidance counsellor directly. 

  • Simultaneous online and in-person learning:
    Educators will teach the in-person cohort (ie. Cohort A) while simultaneously teaching the other cohorts (ie. Cohort B and C) who are joining in remotely. This will allow for more comprehensive course content delivery for all students as educators will not be repeating lessons throughout the week.

    Each classroom will be equipped with the necessary technology, including a camera and microphone. Teachers will have the option to direct the camera at themselves or share a screen with voice communication.

    In cases where the educator cannot teach in person, due to a personal medical or family status accommodation, the class will be taught fully online.

  • Privacy as a priority:
    We understand and share your concern about the protection of privacy. More information about security measures to protect your teen’s privacy will be shared with families in the upcoming weeks. 

  • Updated cohort schedules:
    All secondary students will receive an updated schedule with Courses 1 and 2 for Quadmester 2. See below for a sample school schedule. This is a sample schedule only—school start and end times will not change. You can view a full school year schedule here.   


Sample Time​

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

(ALTERNATING)


THURSDAY

FRIDAY

8:30 –

11 a.m.

Course 1

 

Cohort A

At school

 

Cohort B & C

Remote learning

Course 2

 

Cohort A

At school

 

Cohort B & C

Remote learning

Course 1/2

 

Cohort A/B

At school

 

Cohort B/A & C

Remote learning

Course 1

 

Cohort B

At school

 

Cohort A & C

Remote learning

 Course 2

 

Cohort B

At school

 

Cohort A & C

Remote learning

 

11 a.m.–

12 p.m.


​​​​Lunch Period
(Students who are at school will return home) ​ ​ ​ ​​

12 –

1:15 p.m.

Course 2

 

Cohorts
A, B & C

Remote Academic

Support

 

Course 1

 

Cohorts
A, B & C

Remote Academic

Support

 

 Course 2/1

 

Cohorts
A, B & C

Remote
Academic

Support​

Course 2

 

Cohorts
A, B & C

Remote Academic

Support

 

Course 1

 

Cohorts
A, B & C

Remote Academic

Support

 

1:15 –

2:30 p.m.

 Course 2

 

Cohorts
A, B & C

Remote

Synchronous ("Live")

Learning

Course 1

 

Cohorts
A, B & C

Remote

Synchronous ("Live")

Learning

Course 2/1

 

Cohorts
A, B & C

Remote

Synchronous ("Live")

Learning


 Course 2

 

Cohorts
A, B & C

Remote

Synchronous ("Live")

Learning

 Course 1

 

Cohorts
A, B & C

Remote

Synchronous ("Live")

Learning


As we continue to build this new method of teaching, we will share more information with secondary students, staff and families. In the meantime, please continue to visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage, which will be updated regularly. You can also connect with your school directly.

In these unprecedented times, thank you for your patience, support and understanding as we strive to provide learning opportunities that best meet the needs of our school communities.​

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